Denise Goldberg's blog

Friday, December 15, 2017

purple

This splash of tiny purple flowers caught my eye as I wandered through the inside spaces at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden last week.

tiny purple flowers

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

cold & wind

Cold air has settled in, enhanced by a strong wind. It feels like winter.

Comfortable walking outside this time of year requires a bit of thought to determine the best layers. Even though the wind chill was in the teens when I was walking this morning I was reasonably comfortable.

snow, at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
snow at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

a bit of color

As we move into winter I'm happy to be able to find a bit of color via indoor flowers. It's a good time of year for greenhouse visit.

flower

Sunday, December 10, 2017

snow on the beach

I love walking on the beach after a snowfall. Sometimes there is a sharp contrast between snow and sand, sometimes the wind mixes them in streaks of brown and white.

My walk today was mid-point in the transition from low to high tide. There were bright white clouds decorating the sky, white snow sitting on the sand.

snow on the beach, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, December 09, 2017

early snow

Today brought the first snow of the season. While the accumulation started slowly, the forecast calls for a noticeable depth by the end of the storm.

snow on a red berry

Friday, December 08, 2017

first impressions :: Fuji XF 80mm Macro

I've had my eye on Fujifilm's X Mount Lens Roadmap for a while now. A new macro lens was projected to be available in late 2017; it was a lens that I believed would fit into my photography habits since macro work focused on flowers is a ongoing focus of mine.

When I picked up my Fuji X-T2 at Hunt's Photo and Video last month I asked to be placed on the waiting list for the soon to be released Fuji XF80mmF2.8 Macro lens. The rumored release date was the end of November. At that point I had no idea when I would receive my new lens. I understood from the sales rep that my request for the lens was within the number of lenses that Hunt's had ordered, but he also told me that the manufacturers often didn't ship full (requested) quantities when a new lens or camera was released. I kept my fingers crossed, hoping to be included in an early shipment.

I was delighted to receive a call on November 30th to let me know that my new macro lens had arrived. It was a good afternoon to drive to Hunt's.

Fuji XF80mm Macro

I've had the lens for a full week, enough time to know that it is a keeper. I've used it for macro photography and I've used it for landscape shots too. The lens has a fast auto focus system, is weather-sealed (yay!), and has optical image stabilization (excellent for hand-held photos). So far I'm delighted with the image quality.

Here are a few samples of the photos that I've taken with this lens so far.

cactus, greenhouses of Lyman Estate

orchids, greenhouses of Lyman Estate

on the beach, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

evergreen, at Tower Hill Botanic Garden

I'm happy!

Thursday, December 07, 2017

perched

My focus during my recent walk at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge was on small items sitting on the beach. A leaf perched on the sand was perfectly posed.

a leaf on the beach

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

delicate

A visit to the greenhouses of the Lyman Estate is a feast of delicate flowers. When days are gray it's a good place to satisfy my need for bright colors.

delicate flower

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

powerful

I am appalled by the president's order yesterday to reduce the size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments by over 2 million acres combined. The order reduced Bears Ears by 85% and Grand Staircase-Escalante by 46%. There are lawsuits filed already; I suspect that more will be coming.

At the same time I was delighted to see this powerful statement on the home page of Patagonia's web site:

the president stole your land

I'm hoping that this order can be overturned. Opening up protected lands to development leads to destruction.

The article 'The President Stole Your Land': Patagonia, REI blast Trump on national monument rollbacks published by the Washington Post provides a good summary.

I also found the opinion article Trump’s National Monument Reduction Is Illegal and Likely to Be Reversed in Adventure Journal to be an interesting read. I'm trying to hold on to hope.

...and a day later, the National Parks Conservation Association published the blog post 7 Facts About the Trump Administration’s Illegal Attack on National Monuments . Perhaps this is a battle that can be won. I hope.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

tiny

These very tiny flowers caught my eye as I wandered through the greenhouses at Lyman Estate. It almost looks as if the bright purple is painted on the petals.

plectranthus